THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
As CEO and President, Lisa Henson oversees all television and feature film production, from early development through post-production. Lisa most recently executive produced the Emmy®-winning Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Other credits include the Netflix Originals Word Party and Julie’s Greenroom, and the Emmy-nominated PBS® series Splash and Bubbles and Dinosaur Train. She is currently executive producing the upcoming Harriet the Spy and Fraggle Rock series for AppleTV+ and is in production on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix. She is also developing the highly anticipated sequel to the classic fantasy film Labyrinth.
Lisa’s feature credits include Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as MirrorMask, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, Good Boy!, and Henson Alternative’s The Happytime Murders.
Prior to her current position, Lisa was President of Columbia Pictures where she oversaw a string of critical and commercial successes including Little Women (1994), Immortal Beloved, and Ang Lee’s Oscar®-winning Sense and Sensibility. Before joining Columbia Pictures, Lisa served as an executive at Warner Bros. for ten years.
Lisa graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University, where she was the first female president of The Harvard Lampoon.
President & COO
Chris Lytton is the President and COO of The Jim Henson Company. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Lytton oversees the Company’s day-to-day operations, including business affairs, distribution, and consumer products. He also focuses on exploring new lines of business and joint ventures, including opportunities with China and other international markets.
Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company in 2016, Lytton served as COO at Route One Entertainment, a limited partner in a $120 million dollar media fund with credits including Free State of Jones and Tallulah. He was also co-head and COO of Exclusive Media’s film production group handling the financing, talent and distribution agreements on projects like Rush, Dark Places, and Begin Again and co-managing the company’s catalog of 600 films.
Mr. Lytton is a native Angeleno and graduated Cum Laude from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television and then attended the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Texas with an academic scholarship, where he distinguished himself by becoming a member of a law review journal and moot court.
Executive Vice President & CFO
Laurie Don joined The Jim Henson Company as Vice President of Financial Operations in 2004. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Don is responsible for the worldwide financial activities of the Company, including Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and the Henson Recording Studios in addition to production, distribution and licensing. Additionally, she advises senior management on key financial and operational issues.
Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Don was Controller at Lucas Digital, LTD (Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound), heading up Production Finance, Financial Planning, General Accounting, Payroll, and Business Systems. Her previous experience also includes Controller at Tele-TV and Director, Financial Controls at Warner Bros. Studio Facilities.
Ms. Don received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies from University of Illinois in Champaign and earned her first screen credit while completing the coursework for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography from Columbia University. Ms. Don received her accounting degree from Baruch College, New York while working for GTN Productions, Inc., making documentary films focusing on ethnic-American traditions. She then went on to earn her CPA working with Deloitte and Touche in New York.
An Emmy® winning and ten-time Emmy®-nominated television producer, Halle Stanford leads the Company’s development and production of all television, home entertainment, and digital media in animated and live-action formats establishing the Company’s creative culture across all territories.
Stanford most recently executive produced the short form series Fraggle Rock: Rock On! for AppleTV+ and the critically acclaimed Emmy-winning Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. She is currently executive producing the newly announced Harriet the Spy and Fraggle Rock series, both for AppleTV+. Other recent children’s programming executive producer credits include the Netflix Original Word Party; the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS®; the NBCUniversal Kids/CBC animated series Dot., based on Randi Zuckerberg’s popular book; and the NBCUniversal Kids/Hulu Original preschool show Doozers, inspired by the wildly popular characters from the classic series Fraggle Rock. Stanford’s award-winning credits also include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train, which currently air on PBS KIDS® in the U.S. and in multiple markets around the world, the live-action puppet series Me and My Monsters for the CBBC and Network Ten in Australia, the Lifetime live-action holiday special Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, as well as the Emmy®-nominated preschool series Pajanimals for Universal Kids.
She is in development on a new slate of television projects including The Kissing Hand, based on the internationally renowned picture book; Slumberkins, based on the popular book and plush toy line; Lena! based on Karen Katz’s books, and The Witchlands, based on the popular New York Times best-selling book series by Susan Dennard
Stanford co-authored a book series, Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters, a collection of fantastical comedy-adventure stories for girls published by Bloomsbury and currently in development as a series of animated features with Cyber Group Studios.
IIn addition to her Emmy®-nominations, Stanford is a recipient of the Cynopsis Kids !magination Award in Content Leadership, and for the last sixteen years has garnered over 100 honors around the globe for the company’s programming, including the Emmy Awards, Parent’s Choice Awards Gold Honor, Rockie Award Grand Prize-Banff World Media Festival, Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards, NAPPA Honors Award, Kidscreen Awards, Finalist-Prix Jeunesse Catalogue, and National Parents Publications Awards.
Stanford joined The Jim Henson Company in 1993 and worked on beloved Muppet projects like Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Tonight, and Bear in the Big Blue House, as well as the sci-fi cult classic Farscape. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film and Theater from Wesleyan University, is a Cub Scout Leader, a proud mom to two sons (ages 9 and 22!) and is on an endless quest to enrich the lives of children around the globe.
Her film and television producing credits for the Jim Henson Company include:
Word Party Songs, 2020 (8 eps.)
Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, 2020 (6 eps.)
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, 2019 (10 eps.)
Dinosaur Train, 2019 (198 eps.)
Sid the Science Kid, 2008 – 2015 (60 eps.)
Splash and Bubbles, 2016 (80 eps.)
Word Party, 2019 (60 eps.)
Julie’s Greenroom, 2017 (13 eps.)
Dot., 2016 (78 eps.)
Doozers, 2018 (72 eps.)
Me & My Monsters, 2010-2011 (26 eps.)
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, 2015
Pajanimals, 2010-2011 (52 eps.)
Animal Jam, 2003
Telling Stories with Tomie DePaola, 2001
Executive Vice President,
Nicole Goldman is the Executive Vice President of Branding at The Jim Henson Company. Goldman oversees the global marketing, promotions, public relations, and social media for all sectors of the Company’s business, including corporate, television, consumer products, home entertainment, international, live theater and digital.
In her current role, Goldman has been instrumental in the successful launches of key brands, including The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Word Party, and Splash and Bubbles. Under the Henson Alternative label, she oversaw the launch of the live improvisational puppet show, Puppet Up! – Uncensored. Goldman also proudly celebrates the Company’s legacy and the work of its founder Jim Henson with ongoing publicity and promotion of its classic brands like Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal.
Goldman heads the Company’s efforts in all location-based experiences and live shows including the stage production Jim Henson’s Inspired Silliness for Princess Cruises and traveling museum exhibits for Splash and Bubbles and Dinosaur Train, in partnership with The Magic House in St. Louis.
Goldman works closely with the Company’s consumer products group and distribution department to support licensing partners and broadcasters around the world. She also oversees the Company’s social media platforms, online fan communities, and websites for all brands and businesses. Additionally, she oversees community outreach and educational activities for Henson’s preschool productions.
Goldman began her career with The Jim Henson Company in 1995 and highlights over the years include promotional initiatives with the Muppets at NASCAR, The Muppet Show’s 25th Anniversary, the mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, a music video with Ben Folds Five and the Fraggles, and many (many!) celebratory events with our amazing fans.
Executive Vice President,
In his role as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Administration, Joe Henderson oversees the Company’s worldwide administration, facilities, information technology, risk management, travel and, along with the company’s Chief Financial Officer, all Human Resources matters. Additionally, he oversees the management and maintenance of the Company’s vast archive and media library which covers over sixty years of TV and film productions.
Based in Los Angeles, Henderson also heads up the business of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, both in Los Angeles and New York, including the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio as well as the operations of The Henson Soundstage and the Henson Recording Studios, two of the Company’s ancillary businesses. Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Records, continues to be one of the music industry’s top recording facilities and is known for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment. The Henson Soundstage is a Hollywood landmark that is used for both production and private events for the Company as well as third party clients.
Henderson joined The Jim Henson Company in 1986 and previously managed the Company’s well known New York brownstone facility. He relocated to Hollywood in 1999 and oversaw the purchase and subsequent award-winning renovation of the historic Charlie Chaplin Studios which became the Company’s corporate headquarters in 2000.
Senior Vice President,
Animation and Mixed Media
Emmy-nominated producer Sidney Clifton has over twenty years of experience as an executive producer, producer, casting director, voice director, director and creative development executive in animated and live-action content across multiple platforms. In her role at The Jim Henson Company as Senior Vice President, Animation and Mixed Media, she oversees the development and production of the Company’s animated content, including hybrid projects and formats that use the Company’s proprietary Henson Digital Puppetry Studio.
In her career to date, Clifton has worked with artists and creators including comic book legend Stan Lee, Dr. Maya Angelou, Ringo Starr, BB King, comedian Jeff Dunham, Tyler Perry, Leann Rimes, Naomi Judd, and Harry Connick, Jr. Her credits include Celebration Table with Maya Angelou, Tripping the Rift, Stan Lee’s The Condor, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Rob Zombie’s The Haunted Movie of El Superbeato, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love, BET’s animated series Marvel’s Black Panther, and Me, Eloise. She also serves as Senior Consultant with Black Women Animate.
Ms. Clifton’s passion for developing and supporting the underserved community of writers, artists, storytellers and creators was the catalyst for her launching The Clifton House; an writer’s and artist’s workshop and retreat space centered at her childhood home in Baltimore Maryland—the home she shared with her five siblings and parents, educator/activist Fred J. Clifton and National Book Award-winning poet and author Lucille Clifton.
Senior Vice President,
Feature Film Production
Blanca Lista oversees the Company’s extensive feature film development slate for live action, animation, and puppet features. Lista leads the development for highly anticipated legacy projects such as Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Power of the Dark Crystal and The Storyteller as well as new projects including The Portable Door and The House of the Scorpion. Lista is currently in production on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix.
Lista joined the company in 2009 as a story editor and served as a production executive on the Company’s production of Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney and The Star for Sony Pictures Animation. Lista won an Emmy® for Outstanding Children’s Program as co-executive producer on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for Netflix.
Prior to joining the Company in 2009 as a story editor, Lista was a creative assistant at Warner Bros. Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lista is a graduate of Bard College where she received her undergraduate degree in Film and Asian Studies. She earned an MFA with Honors Distinction from LUCA School of Arts in Belgium and during that time, Lista was also awarded the prestigious artist-in-residency program at art laboratory, Bains Connective.
Senior Vice President,
Business & Legal Affairs
Debra Shapiro joined The Jim Henson Company in 2015 and is responsible for negotiating, documenting and advising on all content creation and exploitation, including development, production, distribution, licensing, publishing, and interactive/new media. She is based at the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles.
Shapiro previously worked at Paramount Pictures in Worldwide Pay Television and Home Entertainment, and represented the studio on various MPAA committees, including Ancillary Rights, Digital Strategy and Anti-Piracy. She also worked at Sony Pictures, Genius Products, and Warner Home Entertainment & Digital Distribution. She started her career in private practice at Fried Frank in New York, and then Shearman & Sterling in New York and later Los Angeles, where she provided regulatory, bankruptcy, liability and litigation advice in connection with corporate, M&A, real estate and other commercial transactions.
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™
Peter Brooke is the Creative Supervisor for the Academy Award®-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and is responsible for the conception, design and sculpt of each character and creature brought to life at the Shop’s LA location. His work can be seen in such films as The Producers, Cats & Dogs, Dr. Dolittle, and The Flintstones as well as the television projects Dinosaurs, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, and Brats of the Lost Nebula. Brooke works closely with the director and creative team of each film and television project to guarantee that their vision is realized in the character he creates. He also liaises with the Shop’s builders and even supervises characters on set to ensure that the original concept and design style is maintained throughout the build and performance.
Brooke began his relationship with The Jim Henson Company in 1988 as a new graduate of the film school at Manchester Polytechnic. His first project was Jim Henson’s The Storyteller as sculptor of the series’ various fantasy and folk lore characters. When the company began production in Los Angeles on Dinosaurs in 1991, Brooke relocated to the US as a sculptor and designer on the technically ambitious comedy starring an entire cast of animatronic full-body dinosaurs.
Brooke recently led the design for a new cast of characters for the upcoming animated preschool series Frances. He also recently completed work for the upcoming film version of Where the Wild Things Are and is currently working on several upcoming Henson features. His own fine art sculpture has been featured in galleries across the country for nearly ten years. He has received the Gold Medal for Best Sculpture from the California Art Club and the Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists. His work has been featured in several magazines including Southwest Art, Art Talk, Art Revue and Wildlife Art News. Brooke is also an accomplished jazz saxophonist and plays lead alto saxophone with the Pasadena City College Big Band.
Vice President Studio Operations,
Henson Recording Studios
Faryal Ganjehei joined The Jim Henson Company in 2000 as assistant to the Studio Manager of Henson Recording Studios.
She is now Vice President, Studio Operations, of the historic and prestigious Henson Recording Studios where her responsibilities include overseeing daily operations at the studio including monitoring client services and daily recording sessions. She is also responsible for booking the recording studios and manages the staff.
Ganjehei received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University Northridge. She resides in Los Angeles.
As Vice President of Global Distribution, Anna Moorefield oversees the sale of Henson content to television networks, digital platforms, home entertainment distributors, and theatrical exhibitors worldwide. Titles under her purview include current preschool hits Dinosaur Train, Dot., Doozers, Splash and Bubbles, and Word Party, as well as classic favorites like Fraggle Rock and The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Moorefield also manages the distribution of primetime fantasy/sci-fi properties including Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Storyteller, and Farscape. She is based at The Jim Henson Company headquarters in Hollywood.
Before joining The Jim Henson Company in 2015, Moorefield served as an account manager for the International Television and Digital Distribution team at Lionsgate. In addition to her partnership with platforms like Netflix, iTunes, and Google Play, she also worked closely with her counterparts in linear and digital distribution to develop and execute larger sales strategy in the Latin American and Asian markets. Prior to joining the Lionsgate team in 2011, Moorefield worked as a freelance writer for various marketing, arts and entertainment companies, including the Sarasota Film Festival.
Moorefield is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and the Affiliate Program at University College, London.
Vice President, Business Development,
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™
Jeremy Nocon is Vice President, Business Development of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, an internationally renowned service company for clients in the film, television, commercial, live event and themed-entertainment industries. Nocon develops new third party business opportunities and projects for the Creature Shop and, working with some of the top advertising agencies in the world, he has secured commercial campaign projects for companies such as Kraft, Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit, Lending Tree, Jack in the Box, Air New Zealand, and many more. Live event clients include headline artists such as Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. Nocon has also secured successful themed-entertainment attractions for Hershey’s Chocolate World at Hershey Park and for the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.
Nocon joined the company in 2009 as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Henson, he worked as a producer on independent film productions in Philadelphia and New York. Nocon attended Rutgers University and Widener University School of Law.
In his role as Vice President of Administration, Howard Sharp overseas the daily operations of the Henson lot which includes the commercial use of the production office space and the Company’s soundstage, a Hollywood landmark that is used for both production and private events for the Company as well as third party clients.
Howard joined The Jim Henson Company in 1995 in the New York office as assistant to the Manager of Administration and relocated to Los Angeles in 2004. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Communications and currently resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two sons.
Since 1992, Karen Falk has served as the Archives Director and historian for The Jim Henson Company and is Vice President of The Jim Henson Legacy. She is the author of Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal and the main contributor to the Jim Henson Company website “Jim’s Red Book.” As part of her work with The Jim Henson Legacy, she curated the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit which traveled throughout the country and has organized other Henson exhibits for museums, galleries and universities. Recently, Falk worked with the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta on the creation of their Worlds of Puppetry Museum and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to The Goblin City exhibit and is currently collaborating with the Museum of The Moving Image in New York on their permanent Jim Henson Gallery. In addition, Falk has contributed to numerous publications, documentaries, web sites and video releases relating to the life and work of Jim Henson.